Photo By: 
CWA District 6

CWA: Cut off Democrats Who Voted Against PRO Act

The union wants the DCCC to stop supporting the 7 members who voted against the bill

Brian Young's picture
Feb 20, 2020

Recently the PRO Act passed in the House of Representatives. The legislation is being called the most significant piece of labor legislation in decades. While the vast majority of Democrats supported it, seven Democrats sold out their constituents and voted against the bill.

Before the vote, the AFL-CIO warned Democrats that if they voted against the bill there would be no shot of labor supporting them. “Do not ask us — do not ask the labor movement — for a dollar or a door knock,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. Now the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are stepping up the pressure campaign by asking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to pull their support for the seven Congressmembers.

"Those who voted against the PRO Act have betrayed this fundamental principle of the Democratic Party,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “And due to those votes, it is impossible for CWA to urge our members to support any of these seven candidates. They must be denied the support of the Democratic Party for refusing to stand with working Americans. I urge you to deny DCCC services to the seven Members of the House of Representatives who caucus with House Democrats and betrayed working people and America’s Labor Movement by voting against the final passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.”

The CWA has also been holding protests outside of the Democrat's offices. The seven Democratic House Members who voted against the PRO Act are Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05), Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04), Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05). So far in 2020, the CWA’s PAC has donated $16,840 and in 2016, they donated $33,785 to the DCCC. In 2018 the union also donated $5,000 to Murphy and McAdams, and $2,500 to Horn.  

Four of the Congressmembers, McBath, Horn, McAdams, and Cunningham, are freshmen who represent swing districts. Losing labor's support would be bad for them but losing the DCCC support would make it almost impossible for them to win re-election. The CWA has already backed a well-funded, progressive challenger to Cuellar.

Tag(s): 

Sign up for our e-Newsletter!